The second annual Global Hackerspace Cupcake Challenge will take place this coming weekend. The goal? To send cupcakes to other hackerspaces and have them arrive in pristine condition. Here are the rules:
DNA computing, bio-hacking bio-molecules to do image recognition.
Spotted in the MAKE Flickr pool, this homemade jewelry tumbler from user Copper Pete, who built a custom plywood case and packed it with repurposed parts from a dead printer to create what appears to be a pretty nice little machine. I think the drum, itself, is a purpose-made component.
Here is a set of laser-cut Truchet tiles with circular arcs, designed to be rearranged in a frame. The top layer parts with the quarter-circle arcs are glued to the squares of the bottom layer. The rule when assembling the tiles is to match high to high and low to low.
With just these two types of pieces, you can make a variety of patterns ranging from only circular islands to only circular lakes, with many possible landscapes in-between. Because the surface is raised, you can make rubbings with a pencil or crayon to save your favorites to paper.
The Convenient Typer is a hacked typewriter that uses 3d printed mechanisms to type a single phrase: “It is as it is.” Created by artist Max Lupo, this self-referential machine uses modern means to re-imagine an antiquated form of technology.
A device such as this could place it as a cousin of The Useless Machine, but there’s an elegance in its own insistence that adds another wrinkle.
[via The Creators Project]
This guy dyed the major case parts of his factory-white MacBook bright orange using Rit fabric dye (and swapped out some other bits with a factory-black model) to create this cool custom color scheme. This method is known in the modding community, but “The Brain” has improved on its speed and consistency for glossy parts by adding a preparatory sanding step. [via Hack a Day]
I hate security screws with a passion. When I become president I’m going to push to make them illegal. But in the meantime, what happens if you come across some that need to be dealt with? You get this 54 Piece Bit Driver Kit from the Maker Shed and get to work! The kit includes plenty of security bits to ensure you can open almost anything. The magnetized driver features a metal shaft, swivel top, rubberized grip, and a 60mm extension. It also includes a flexible 130 mm extension for those hard to reach areas. The entire kit comes packaged in a handy-dandy reusable plastic case.
Spotted in the MAKE Flickr Pool, John Biehler’s excellent photo of a tiny prototype fused-filament 3D printer designed and built by Fraser Valley RepRap User Group member “Brad,” aka Sublime. Brad’s posted a detailed description on one of his personal blogs and on the RepRap wiki, but hasn’t published the physibles yet. The “vitamins” ( non-printable parts) consist of four stepper motors, eleven skate bearings, ten linear bearings, a couple pieces of smooth and threaded rod, assembly screws, and the standard RepRap electronics. The build volume is just a bit over one cubic decimeter. He calls it “Tantillus.”
With very little carpentry experience and less than $200, YouTube user luvguns61 created this secret door and safe room in his condo. The door is disguised as a recessed shelf and rolls on the floor with casters, which lets him use less expensive hinges. It even features a two-way mirror so that a person hiding inside can see outside without being seen. [via Lifehacker]
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